Chris Columbus, the director of movies like Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and writer of Gremlins and The Goonies, and his 1492 Pictures banner have teamed up with Jeremy Zag and his ZAG Entertainment, a company that specializes in children and family friendly entertainment franchises, as well as Ocean Blue Entertainment to finance and produce a new movie titled 12/24.
The movie will be a combination of both live action and animation, telling the story of two brothers on a quest to save Christmas. The screenplay will be written by Matt Lieberman, based on an original idea by David Guggenheim (Safe House, Stolen).
The long-in-development movie adaptation of Naughty Dog’s hit video game series Uncharted is moving forward again. After an unsuccessful run with American Hustle director David O. Russell attached to direct—which famously went south quickly with fans after reports of Mark Wahlberg starring in the lead Nathan Drake role and Russell wanting to add Drake’s father and uncle for a family element surfaced online—and also the hiring of The Illusionist director Neil Burger to try his hand at making the movie ultimately not working out, a new director has been brought in.
It’s being reported that Seth Gordon, the director behind comedies like Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, has entered into negotiations for the job.
When you get the kind of numbers that the spy action thriller Safe House grossed, which was near $202 million worldwide, it’s probably a safe bet that a studio would want to move forward with a follow-up. And that’s what Universal is doing. They have already hired the film’s original writer David Guggenheim to write a draft for what will either be a sequel or a prequel.
And why is it unclear whether it will be a sequel or a prequel? Well there are some potential spoilers that explain why, so if you haven’t seen the movie already, don’t hit the jump.
There are some directors in the world that, whenever a new project is announced, one is automatically excited. Almodovar. Scorsese. These are just a few of the names that fit that bill. However, some directors stain any project once their name is attached, making it an uphill battle for that said piece.
McG fits that specific description.
And now he’s found a brand new film. THR is reporting that the horribly-monikered filmmaker will direct Puzzle Palace, based on a script from hot writer, David Guggenheim.